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By boat to Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca: Balearics Island Hopping

Would you like to do it a little bit differently? Take the ferry and go island hopping between the beautiful islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca. From the azure blue water, you will experience a genuine island feeling. As soon as the beaches of Ibiza come into view, you can look forward to the cocktail that you are going to drink there.

Curious about which ferry routes you can take during your trip across the Mediterranean? Find your inspiration here.

Start your trip around the Balearics

Where does this adventure on the Iberian Sea begin? Choose the starting point of your trip:

  • The nearest port is in the south of France: from Toulon you sail to Alcúdia, Mallorca. So just pack your car, caravan or camper and travel comfortably with your own transport: the great advantage of travelling by Ferry! In many cases, even the dog can come along.
  • You can also book a plane ticket to Barcelona or Valencia. Make a city trip and then take the ferry. Ferries depart on regular basis from these cities to Ibiza and Mallorca
  • Fly directly to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza Town or Mahón (Menorca) and start your trip around the islands here
NEW ferry route Toulon (Frankrijk) – Alcúdia (Mallorca)
From Toulon in the south of France, you can board a ferry that will take you to Alcúdia Mallorca in about 12 hours.

Plan your trip by boat to the Balearic Islands

The many ferry routes between the islands and mainland Spain make it easy for you. Several ferry services offer multiple departures in one day. So, plan your trip the way you like and make sure you have enough time. There is so much to see on these Spanish islands!

Island hopping Balearic Islands
Cathedral Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca by ferry

Travel by boat to beautiful Mallorca. From the ports of Barcelona, ​​Valencia or Toulon (France). In Mallorca you can arrive on two sides of the island by ferry:

  1. The boat takes you to the wonderful capital Palma de Mallorca. Visit the majestic cathedral and drink sangria at one of the piazzas
  2. The second ferry port is on the other side of the island, in Alcúdia. This seaside resort attracts many tourists, because of the long beaches, old city centre and narrow streets

You can easily explore the rest of the island from Palma or Alcúdia. Admire the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, and the authentic villages or take a dip in one of the beautiful bays.

Cathedral Palma de Mallorca

Crossing to Ibiza

Party or yoga? Just do both! Unwind in the typical bohemian atmosphere and step into the dance scene of Ibiza in the evening.

Sailing time to Ibiza: From Mallorca, you can take the ferry to Ibiza in about 3 hours. Ibiza is also accessible from mainland Spain. In 2.5 hours you sail from Denia to Ibiza.
Beautiful Ibiza

Travelling to Menorca by boat

Are you ready for relaxation? Sail from Alcúdia (Mallorca) to Mahon, the capital of Menorca, in just over 3 hours. In the pleasant atmosphere and beautiful nature of Menorca, you can enjoy a few extra days of your trip through the Balearic Islands.

Travel tip
VISIT THE SMALLER ISLANDS – Are you looking for true wilderness and hidden beaches? Take the ferry to Formentera. The ferry departs daily from Ibiza to Formentera. This crossing takes about 30 minutes.

More island hopping across the Mediterranean: Corsica and Elba

What about Island hopping on the Mediterranean further west? Take a tour from Italy for example and visit Sardinia, Elba and Corsica.

The ferry to Corsica

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  1. My husband and I arrive in Barcelona mid August 2024 and would like to see the Balearic islands and maybe Corsica before we start our travelling in Spain and Portugal on 1 September 2024
    What do you recommend we do
    Is it best to hire/charter a boat with captain or hire a boat without
    My husband has an Australian boat licence if that helps
    Or do we stay on each island ??
    How many days do you recommend

    Is it possible to head me in the right direction

    thank you

    • Hi Veronica,

      Good questions, It all depends on what you exactly want.

      The distance between the Balearics and Corsica is quite far, if you are looking for 14 days I would advise you to choose one of them. Like the Balearics OR Corsica. (I would prefer the Balearics) It’s quite easy to reach the Balearics from Barcelona. These are the options you have: And then in Mallorca, you can charter a boat with a captain to go around the islands. You can do that at for instance. 10-14 days on the Balearics is quite ok if you are also there to enjoy the beach and so on. Combine it with 2 to 3 days in Barcelona and you are going to have a nice holiday!


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